A day of spelunking and documenting (Figuring out how Sugar works...)

Spent the whole day spelunking through the guts of Sugar, particularly the mechanism it uses when launching an activity. The point being both to document the operations it requires and to see how to go about making it possible to run raw X applications without mucking up the joint. Good news is that it looks like supporting such "legacy" applications really should be pretty simple.

Also got contacted by three developers who are working with Zimbabwe on some in-the-field projects that want to work with the OLPC platform.

In a strange set of coincidences, met Laura on the bus today. I haven't seen her in over a year, though she lives only 4 blocks away. She'd just heard of OLPC for the first time earlier in the day (she's in teacher's college) and was a little surprised when I mentioned I was working on the project. She wants to see if her college can have a presentation on the project (they do a lot of social justice curricula and place students in developing nations in many cases).

Neat side note: as we were talking one of Laura's friends she's not seen in 3 years drove by, honked and stopped her car to chat.


  1. j5

    j5 on 04/06/2007 7:41 a.m. #

    if you download the sdk livecd or the ClassicGnome activity bundle it shows how legacy apps can be run. One can just make a legacy activity which takes a command and executes it instead of hard coding the apps.<br />
    <br />
    http://olpc.download.redhat.com/olpc/streams/sdk/<br />

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